It was clear from the beginning that London Pride would be a different experience than most of the Prides we’ve documented so far in the ‘Walk with Pride’ Project. Thousands of people are expected to participate in the Pride, with several hundred of thousands more coming to watch.
We arrived 3 hours early and the preparations were already in full swing. Buses lined Baker Street, and the work of ‘glamming’ them had started. People walked around in crazy outfits, free to wear how much or how little they’d like. While London Pride does have a big festive party atmosphere feel, there is another side that concerns rights and social issues. There were many organizations present supporting different social projects, and groups raising awareness concerning the troubles face by LGBT communities in Africa and the Middle East. Chad’s photos fro this Pride try to show this contrast, as he switches between portraits of those in costume, and those promoting social issues. It’s something a little different, but we hope you Enjoy …!